Is anyone in your vacation party celebrating a birthday?
Beaches and Cream
Or maybe you’re traveling with a group enjoying a reunion of family or friends? Or how about the fact that it’s a regular ol’ Tuesday that’s so not just any regular ol’ Tuesday because you’re in DISNEY WORLD?!
Then you might want to mark the occasion by tackling the one-and-only KITCHEN SINK at the one-and-only Beaches and Cream Soda Shop at Disney’s Beach Club Resort!
Or should I say the “three-and-only…”? Because you can NOW get your Kitchen Sink in one of three versions: the Original Kitchen Sink, a Neapolitan, or one made just for CHOCOLATE LOVERS’! What?!??!?!?!?!
Grab a spoon and get ready to dig in with us! But first, let’s step inside Beaches and Cream to check out the place that the Kitchen Sink calls “Home SWEET Home.”
You’ll need to take a walk outside at the Beach Club Resort to find Beaches and Cream nestled next to Stormalong Bay (the practically-a-water-park pool reserved for guests of the Yacht and Beach Club).
The traditional soda fountain vibe begins even from the outside with pastel colors and whimsical ice cream images.
You’ll also notice the To-Go sign hanging out front for folks looking to grab and stroll, or maybe sit at one of the outdoor tables with a Mini Mickey Sink Sundae (which is super not at all mini).
Once you step inside, it’s a full on 50s-style day at the beach, complete with colorful beach balls and a celebration of diner classics like burgers, hot dogs, and — of course — ice cream in the decorations on the walls and around the mirrors.
Those mirrors help to expand the feel of this small space.
Speaking of small spaces… it really is best to make an Advance Dining Reservation to get your table here these days. Beaches and Cream remains a popular spot (the Beach Club’s close proximity to Epcot makes this an easy destination even for those not staying at the Resort). And because it is definitely on the small side, it fills up fast.
In fact, here’s a word to the wise: when we arrived, we didn’t have an Advance Dining Reservation. So, we checked in outside and received a buzzer, along with our general wait time and an assurance that the buzzer would work in the lobby. Alas, it didn’t, and we missed our time, resulting in having to begin the check-in process all over again.
You live, you learn. About an hour and a half after our original check-in, our appetites had grown substantially, so some pretty huge noshes were in order. And I do mean HUGE…
It’s old school diner dining at Beaches and Cream!
Well, mostly :). Among the burgers, sandwiches (Patty Melts and Grilled Cheese!), shakes and sodas (be sure to add some cherry or vanilla syrup to yours), there are a few more modern selections to round things out, such as the Vegetarian Falafel.
But the focus really remains on the Ice Cream Creations within the dessert selections. While the Kitchen Sink is designated as “Famous,” sundaes like the No Way Jose and Classic Banana Split have made names for themselves in their own right.
This visit, though, was ALL ABOUT that Famous Kitchen Sink, and here’s the SCOOP, starting with the Original!
This Disney World creation is an enormous pile of ice cream including scoops of vanilla, chocolate, strawberry, coffee, and mint chocolate chip ice cream completely covered by every topping in the house… and we’re not talking about a couple of sprinkles here, folks. I would tell you it’s everything but the Kitchen Sink, except…you know…that’s there, too.
Toppings can include brownies, pound cake slices (!), Oreos, peanut butter and chocolate chips, chocolate sauce, peanut butter sauce, and caramel sauce, candy bars, pineapple, fresh banana, gummy candies, a few orange gummy slices (courtesy of the Frozen Sunshine fixin’s), chocolate shavings, nuts, a thousand maraschino cherries (estimate approx. )… and one entire can of WHIPPED CREAM!
Oh, yeah… AND a few of those sprinkles I mentioned, too ;).
Now, if you’re going to tackle this ice cream mountain, you’ve gotta be PUMPED. UP. And that’s where the Cast Members come in. First, your Kitchen Sink is prepared, and a few guests seated at the far end of the counter (which is typically where smaller numbers of walk-in guests are placed) have a front row seat to watch all the goings-on.
When your Kitchen Sink is ready, the overhead lights go down, the siren lights come on, and an announcement is made letting everyone know that a Kitchen Sink is on the way, complete with “A WHOLE CAN OF WHIPPED CREAM!”
If you’re not one of the people partaking the Sink, YOUR job is to cheer them on… because they’re gonna need it.
You see, the menu says that the Kitchen Sink “Serves Four,” but our group on this visit consisted of six, and we were hard-pressed to handle it.
Then again… maybe that’s because we got the CHOCOLATE LOVERS’ Kitchen Sink, too!
The differences? First, the ice cream in the Chocolate Lovers’ Sink is simply chocolate, cookies and cream and vanilla, and the toppings are all of the chocolate variety: the brownies, candy bars (the caramel in the Milky Ways add a bit of flavor variation), Oreos, and chocolate sauce, chips, sprinkles, and shavings. There is the exception of a few surprise gummies tucked underneath the pile o’ toppings. No cherries here, but that WHOLE CAN OF WHIPPED CREAM? It’s still included.
By the way, for those curious about the Neapolitan version, it matches the Original Kitchen Sink, except the ice cream is solely chocolate, vanilla, and strawberry.
Now, here’s what all Kitchen Sinks have in common, regardless of type: due to all the toppings, it may take a while to get to the actual ice cream underneath, but it’s definitely in there!
You finally start spying it more than several bites in! And — as you can surely imagine — it takes some time to polish one off, so there is some definite gooey, melting, “ice cream soup” action taking place.
Again, no matter which you choose, the Kitchen Sink really is colossal, and even the heartiest of appetites is typically conquered fairly early on. When all is said and done, it’s essentially a huge combination of any and every sundae creation you could possibly choose from at Beaches and Cream, and that’s part of the fun.
From a flavor perspective, I still prefer the variety that the Original Kitchen Sink offers, and I even like the somewhat crazy mix of textures — although, like a lot of people, I could probably do without the gummies… but then it wouldn’t have “every topping in the house,” and wouldn’t really be a Kitchen Sink anymore, now, would it?
Also, you have to have a pretty strong stomach to manage that coffee ice cream muddled in there with everything else…like gummy orange slices??
Welp…this is a challenge. Really, it’s Man vs. Food worthy. But regardless of what your stomach does at the thought of that ice cream soup left over at the end, ya just gotta do it. It’s like a triple dog dare.
Have you ever attempted to take on the Kitchen Sink at Beaches and Cream? Please let us know with a comment!